AD #1851 – Coalition Formed for Self-Driving Cars, Tech. Finds Misplaced Items, Steel Still Important to Auto Industry

April 27th, 2016 at 11:52am

Runtime: 7:03

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- Ford Invests Big in Pick-Up Trucks
- Ford Introduces New Diesel Engine
- New Coalition Formed for Self-Driving Cars
- Land Rover Aims to End Lost or Forgotten Items
- Mazda Unveils All-New CX-4
- GM Idles Plants After Earthquake
- Steel Still Plays Important Lightweighting Role
- Germany Offers EV Incentives

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18 Comments to “AD #1851 – Coalition Formed for Self-Driving Cars, Tech. Finds Misplaced Items, Steel Still Important to Auto Industry”

  1. Bob Wilson Says:

    Anyone know where we can get technical information about the EcoBlue diesel?

    - dry weight
    - torque-rpm curves
    - BSFC chart
    - peak thermaldynamic efficiency at Nm and rpm?

    The press releases are relative to some unknown base. To have any use, we need to know the raw engine numbers.

    Bob Wilson, Huntsville AL

  2. RS Says:

    “Impact” is not a verb!
    Production was not “impacted.”
    Production was “affected.”

  3. Jon M Says:

    @ RS, Impact can be used as a verb (with or without an object). “Affected” would be suitable, but “impacted” I think is a better word to use, given the context of the story.

  4. jack576 Says:

    I thought the 10 speed trans was a joint adventure with GM and Ford?

  5. G.A.Branigan Says:

    So,Ford has a new 2.0L diesel.Would that engine,by any chance,be heading for the option list for the upcoming new Ranger we will be seeing here in the US?

  6. James J Connor Says:

    Steel in Auto Industry light weighting role. You have to be a bit careful with the Ducker report. First it is global, not just North America. The global market in China has significant growth, 26% next year per my recollection (which is always poor). US growth is about 2%. My point is that overall steel is declining if you adjust for the volume increases. Certainly the mix of steel is changing from HRS/CRS to High Strength Steel (AHHS) for sure. The steel industry has done a good job adapting. I think, though that Aluminum is the clear winner short term.

  7. James J Connor Says:

    Longer term Carbon Fiber, which is lighter, stronger and easier to use seems the probable choice. Cost is high but its the production process in low volumes that drives a lot of this. Once the industry eventually sorts that out, cost should decline.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    That Ford diesel might be nice in a Focus hatch, or a Fusion wagon. Probably European Fusion/Mondeo will be a primary home for the engine.

  9. Jonathan Says:

    Too bad no autoline after hours in China Tommorow…always enjoy the show…

    Still I’m enjoying all the coverage of the Auto show from autoline on the road…

    Thanks for all that you do for us enthusiasts.

    Have fun.


  10. RS Says:

    @JonM – Sorry Jon. Thanks for your follow-up. Check your dictionary again. Impact is a noun and only a noun. The verb is “affect”

  11. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Impacted can be used as it was in today’s show: my source, Merriam-Webster dictionary.

    Google was my friend.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:


  13. G.A.Branigan Says:

    “Impacted” = a trip to the dentist.

  14. Ziggy Says:

    Is there nothing that doesn’t have an app for it? I’m still waiting for one that lets me know when I have done a good enough job wiping my butt, that way I wouldn’t have to monitor the paper trail, I could just wait for my phone to beep and move on out :) Anybody working on an app for that? I didn’t think so. Oh well.

  15. cwolf Says:

    As the use of lighter materials have become of greater importance to reduce over-all weight, the need for HS Steel will grow in proportion because there are various portions of a vehicle in need of dealing with impact. Until the cost and manufacturing know-how becomes equal to that of HS steels the need for them will continue to be important.

  16. cwolf Says:

    I called an engr. I used to work with and he now works at the VW plant down south. As far as he knows, the skilled trades desire to accept the UAW will be accepted when all is said and done. VW made the challenge so as not to offend the republican hierarchy and loose the monies they promise. He noticed the trades seem up-beat over the matter.

  17. FSTFWRD Says:

    So… What is happening in the RC Airplanes today?? Haha.

  18. Lisk Says:

    All the claims of new (?) technologies that improve fuel efficiency by 3%, 5%, 12%, etc. reminds me of the days of the 70s when I would get the J.C. Whitney catalog out and add up all the gas saving innovations I could bolt on my car and improve the gas mileage by 250%. I wonder if the magnets that align the gasoline molecules work in today’s Direct Injection engines? That’s and easy 30% improvement!